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Decorate a Wooden Stool with Paper

Have a wooden stool that needs a makeover? I made this decorative step stool with pretty paper and Mod Podge. It’s really EASY to do!

Skills Required: Beginner. This is an easy project, but you should have prior crafting experience/working with Mod Podge. Read the instructions before beginning, especially if your paper is thinner.

Decorate a Wooden Stool with Paper

Happy spring, friends! I am sooo happy spring is finally here. It’s been such a long winter! And I especially love this floral paper I found at Dick Blick that reminds me of spring. I am definitely ready to craft some decoupage ideas with florals again!

Wooden Stool

I found this itty bitty wooden stool at an antique store a few years ago, and I am finally ready to give it a little makeover. Before we dig in, I wanted to give you some tips for preparing and decoupaging your wooden stool. These are my secrets to success so make sure to read them first!

Preparing Your Wood Stool for Decoupage

I have a complete guide on preparing furniture for decoupage, and in that article I get into the nitty gritty of getting something like a wood stool ready for Mod Podging.

To give you the summary, you’re going to clean the dirt off, fill/sand any spots, and then paint it with acrylic paint if you like. This wooden stool was only cleaned up and the chipped looking surface was left as-is.

DIY wooden step stool

Adhering the Paper

On my floral DIY coat rack I used a very similar paper, and I’m suggesting you might use my spray bottle trick in this project as well. You’ll use a spray bottle to mist the paper before decoupage so that it is easier to apply with no wrinkles.

Mist the paper until it’s just wet. Don’t soak it or it will tear easily. After you mist the paper, then you can apply it with Mod Podge and I promise that it will smooth much easier!

Be careful with the paper and treat it gently . . . but you can still use a brayer to smooth and you’ll be fine. Remember that with Mod Podge and paper, practice makes perfect!

Where to Buy Paper

I have two favorite places that I purchase paper – Paper Source and Dick Blick. They have absolutely beautiful papers that they call “gift wrap.” I guess technically you could use them as gift wrap, but all I see are papers I can use for decoupage crafts! They are somewhat thicker than regular gift wrap which is why I like them (not to mention the beautiful patterns).

Are you ready to “beautify” your decorative step stool? Keep reading!

DIY Wooden Stool

DIY wood stool makeover with Mod Podge supplies
  • Mod Podge Matte (Hard Coat Mod Podge is even better!)
  • Paintbrush
  • Patterned Paper or Cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Brayer or Plastic Scraper
Tracing a wood stool on scrapbook paper with a pencil

To get started, first turn your wood stool upside down and trace your patterned paper.

Cutting out paper with gold handled scissors

Using scissors, cut your paper down to the correct size. I cut an extra 1/4 inch off each side so I had a little bit of space between the paper and the edge, but you can cut it the full length if that’s what you want!

Do keep in mind if you choose to wet the paper, you might have a little overlap over the edge. That’s because the paper expands a little bit when it’s wet. It won’t shrink back down once it’s Mod Podged so you may have to trim the edges with a craft knife.

Painting a wood stool with Mod Podge Matte

Next, use your paintbrush and Mod Podge Matte to put a thin coat along the top of your step stool. Do the same on the backside of your patterned paper, and then place the paper on your stool.

Smoothing paper on the top of a wooden stool

Use a plastic scraper to smooth out the surface to get rid of any air bubbles.

Add a coat of Mod Podge to the top of your stool and allow it to fully dry. Add a second coat if desired.

DIY wooden step stool

Because I want this wood stool to be functional and not just for looks, I added about three coats to the top, waiting for the Mod Podge to dry between each coat.

I used a Matte Mod Podge, but you can definitely use a gloss if you want a nice sheen on your project! If you find that you are going to be particularly hard on your stool, I’d use several coats of an additional sealer like Minwax Polycrylic.

In most cases, Mod Podge is good enough as a final sealer (especially Hard Coat Mod Podge). The only issue if you think you’re going to spill on it or get dirt on it – then you might need something additional as a top coat for clean-ability.

Decorate a wood step stool with paper and Mod Podge

That’s it! Super easy, and I love how my wood stool turned out! Such a lovely reminder of spring, don’tcha think?

In this DIY stool makeover project, I revamped an antique store find with pretty paper and Mod Podge. It's really easy to do and the results are beautiful!

My little wooden stool is now happily hanging out in my living room. I also use it in my pantry whenever I need to grab something just out of reach. It’s cute and functional!

For more Mod Podge projects and tutorials, be sure to visit my blog at www.natalme.com!

XOXOXO
Nat

Yield: 1 stool

Decorate a Stool

Decorate a wood step stool with paper and Mod Podge

Make a decorative step stool with Mod Podge and your favorite patterned papers! I'll show you how to do it, with tips and tricks.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • Wooden stool
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Patterned paper or cardstock
  • Clear brush on sealer (optional)

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Brayer or plastic scraper
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

  1. Turn the stool upside down and trace onto the patterned paper.
  2. Using scissors, cut the paper down to the correct size. I cut an extra 1/4 inch off each side so I had a little bit of space between the paper and the edge, but you can cut it the full length if that’s what you want!
  3. Use a paintbrush and Mod Podge Matte to put a thin coat along the top of the stool.
  4. Do the same on the backside of the patterned paper, and then place the paper on the stool.
  5. Use a plastic scraper to smooth out the surface to get rid of any air bubbles.
  6. Add a coat of Mod Podge to the top of your stool and allow it to fully dry. Add a second coat and let dry.
  7. Because I want this wood stool to be functional and not just for looks, I added about three coats to the top, waiting for the Mod Podge to dry between each coat.
  8. To make this project extra durable, add a brush on clear sealer. This step is optional.

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D. Durand Worthey

Sunday 22nd of May 2016

Talk about stepping into (onto?) spring! This is a wonderful low-cost way to spruce up just about anything old thing. I wonder if this look would work well on my car? Hmmm. Just kiddin'. But seriously this is a great idea! And now I want a spring flowers emblazoned step stool of my very own. Thank you for sharing Amy. By the way, YOU ROCK!

Elizabeth

Tuesday 12th of April 2016

Hi! I love this look! Is that wallpaper that you used? If so, do you mind sharing the source/where I can find it for my own project? Thanks so much!

Walter Silva

Thursday 21st of April 2016

Love this too! The paper is from Rifle paper Co. Find it here: http://www.papersource.com/item/Rifle-Paper-Co.-Mint-Floral-Wrapping-Paper/3303-070/491342.html

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